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Negative thoughts due to trauma

Everyone can experience times when things are not going so well. You often get some gloomy thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts can be useful, as they keep you alert and prevent you from becoming reckless. But it can also happen that you always walk around with pessimistic thoughts. It is then very difficult to get rid of these thoughts. This mainly has to do with how bad it is and what causes it.

What is the cause of negative thoughts?

You can have a personality that makes you negative and therefore have thoughts that are negative. This applies to a small group of people. These are often people who suffer from chronic depression. Not everyone has ever walked around with pessimistic thoughts for a long time. Often there has been a certain moment, which made one gloomy. This is often the case after experiencing a traumatic event. When you have experienced a trauma and you can't find a place for it, the event keeps replaying in your mind, you then have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the main cause of negative and gloomy thoughts. Fear is the main cause of this. By thinking negatively, you create your own reality, so that you no longer have to think about your fear.

Negative thoughts due to trauma

Examples of negative thoughts

Having negative and gloomy thoughts is mainly about thinking negatively about yourself, others or certain situations. Some examples of negative thinking:
- In a given situation, you see what goes wrong, but not what goes right.
- You can see that you have not yet progressed very far, but not that you have already covered a distance.
- The cons are obvious, the pros are not.
- You know how to name people's negative qualities, but not their positive ones.
- You see what you don't have, but not what you do have.
- You cannot see what you are good at, but you can see what you are not good at.
- You only see danger, but not the potential opportunities and adventures.

What are the consequences of negative thoughts?

If you think negatively, then you do this in the first place about yourself. You talk yourself into the ground, as it were. All negative things about yourself are magnified, while you as a person also have enough positive qualities. You do not see these positive qualities. The same applies to your thoughts about others. This does not make you more likeable and creates distance with friends and family. If you think negatively, you quickly end up in a negative spiral and a depression lies in wait. The only solution is to get rid of negative thoughts with professional help.

What to do about negative thoughts

Negative and gloomy thinking never just happens. In many cases it is preceded by a traumatic event. Even if you are a cheerful and positive person, you can be overwhelmed by negative and sombre thoughts, partly due to a trauma. EMDR is a good method to process your trauma. Processing trauma is also the goal of EMDR. When the trauma is processed, the negative and sombre thoughts also disappear.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR is based on the principle that by constantly being distracted from the trauma, you can give the event a place. During the treatment session, you have to relive the traumatic event. Just at the moment you do this, you are distracted by means of a hand gesture or a sound signal. The trauma no longer plays a leading role, but the distraction comes to the fore. This causes the trauma to move further into the background and into place. Recalling the trauma is also easier and without strong emotions. Because of this, gloomy thoughts also disappear.

EMDR support from Psylaris

Traditional treatment techniques are also being adapted to the requirements of our time in the mental health sector. Psylaris plays an important role in this as a developer. EMDR can be given remotely. For this purpose, Psylaris has an online platform developed called EMDR-remote. . The client does not have to leave the house and the practitioner can simply provide EMDR therapy via video calling. The platform offers many additional possibilities for distraction.

Virtual reality is becoming an increasingly important tool in the mental healthcare sector. For this purpose, Psylaris has developed EMDR-VR . With the VR goggles on, the client ends up in the middle of the distraction, as it were, which the practitioner passes on to the VR goggles. Here, too, the practitioner has many possibilities for distraction. The client can be treated more frequently with EMDR-VR, because the VR glasses can also be used at home.


EMDR therapy with modern methods

As a developer of modern methods and tools in mental healthcare, Psylaris has also made EMDR easy with modern techniques. Virtual reality, for example, plays an increasingly important role in the mental healthcare sector. With EMDR-VR and EMDR-plus, Psylaris has developed a VR-module. The module can easily be used by the practitioner and has many distraction possibilities. The client gets a more intense distraction than during a regular treatment. The VR glasses can be used both at home and in the treatment room. This makes both the practitioner and the client more flexible.

If the client is unable to come to the treatment centre, Psylaris uses EMDR-remote to make it possible to receive EMDR treatment at home. EMDR-remote is the online EMDR platform of Psylaris, where the practitioner and the client can conduct an EMDR session via video calling. Again, the practitioner has many possibilities to distract and the client, who is chained to the house, is still being treated.

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